Pippa Middleton Will One Day Rule This Huge Scottish Estate
And you can rent it for the night.
When Pippa Middleton married James Matthews last weekend in Englefield, England, she not only got a beautiful yet understated gold wedding band, but she also inherited a future title, “Lady Glen Affric.” The titles Lady and Laird of Glen Affric are currently held by James’s parents, Jane and David Matthews, but they are expected to be passed down to the newlyweds, according to the Daily Mail. Along with the titles, the couple will also take over the Glen Affric Estate, the 10,000-acre family-owned estate nestled in Glen Affric, a scenic Scottish valley about 15 miles west of Loch Ness.
While the couple is reportedly expected to spend the second week of their honeymoon at the Victorian mansion, it can be rented by the public when the Affric Lodge is not occupied by family members. Located within the Highlands National Nature Reserve, the mansion is often rented as a getaway spot and luxury hunting lodge, and it even hosted David Beckham when he filmed a commercial there. After being renovated over the last five years, the mansion is now furnished with traditional decor, wood paneling, and modern fixtures, but guests are likely more captivated by the breathtaking views of the lake and mountains just outside the windows. The main lodge offers five large bedrooms, three smaller bedrooms, a downstairs whisky room, a sitting room, a dining room, and a reading room. The nearby cottage has three more rooms to accommodate even larger parties
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During the day, guests can take advantage of the surrounding landscape by kayaking on Loch Affric or enjoying a 10-mile pony ride around the lake. Guests of the estate can also expect to dine in style, with three-course dinners prepared by the in-house chef, picnic baskets assembled for lunches by the lake, and tea with home-baked cakes served every afternoon. And the cost of this royal treatment? The all-inclusive lodge charges a little over $1,000 per guest per night, with additional services (such as a chartered helicopter) available at an extra expense. Now that’s a vacation fit for a queen.